NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Presidents Donald Trump of the United States 🇺🇸, Vladimir Putin of Russia 🇷🇺 and Xi Jinping of China 🇨🇳 have all withdrawn from consideration for TIME Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year.
Although the annual recognition doesn’t happen until the end of the year, the three leaders have conceded that no other world leader deserves the title than Philippines 🇵🇭 President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a recent TIME online poll, Duterte topped the voting way ahead of all other candidates for the magazine’s most influential persons of the world.
Even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Pope Francis and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed that TIME should name the very popular Duterte as this year’s Person of the Year.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said she was extremely surprised and disappointed at the inclusion of Senator Leila de Lima among TIME Magazine’s 2017 100 Most Influential Persons.
De Lima, who was not even among the candidates in the magazine’s online poll, made it to the final list, along with President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte topped the online poll, gaining 5% of the total votes to take the No. 1 spot.
“What were the TIME editors thinking,” Robredo asked.
When sought for commment and clarification about Robredo’s statement, her spokesperson Georgina Hernandez admitted to The Adobo Chronicles that the Vice President was hoping she would be included in the list, not de Lima.
“The Vice President has gone all out to influence the world’s perception of Duterte, issuing statements left and right and even recording a video message to a United Nations conference criticizing Duterte’s war on drugs,” Hernandez said. “I guess the TIME editors didn’t quite take notice. Perhaps, our propaganda campaign wasn’t as successful as we had hoped.”
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an effort to recover from the embarassment resulting from the rejection by President Rodrigo Duterte of an Honorary Degree from the University of the Philippines, the Board of Regents today announced a substitute honoree for its 2017 Commencement Exercises. And it’s another president — former President NoyNoy Aquino.
It’s also another honorary degree for Aquino from U.P. Previously, the University conferred upon Aquino an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at its 100th General Commencement Exercises.
This year, following Duterte’s decision to decline the award and after protests from the smartest of students, faculty and alumni of U.P., the Board of Regents said that this time around, Aquino will be conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.
In making the announcement, U.P. said that this new honorary degree for Aquino is in recognition of his very impressive engineering feat while president, especially in building straight roads (Daang Matuwid), defying Engineering technology that relied on curved and winding roads.
“No other human being has perfected the art of straight roads,” the Regents said. “It is an accomplishment that the entire world can emulate. Aquino’s ingenuity is a source of great pride for the University and the Filipino people.”